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Friday, March 18, 2011

Rang Barse.....

Lal, gulabi, neela, pila hathon me liya samet,
Holi ke din rangenge sajni, kar ke meethi bhent......

Holi.. the festival of colors knocks at my door as I sit far very far away from home , remembering and missing my land once again.
Holi also called "Dhulendi" or "Dol Jatra" is a festival to celebrate unity, a festival to resolve differences , a festival to flirt as well. Celebrated on Phagun poornima it celebrates the victory of good over evil. We all know the story of Bhakt Prahlad.
Legends also say that once Lord Krishna had asked Yashoda why he was dark while his beloved Radha was fair. Yashoda facetiously told him to apply some color on Radha's face to make her dark. Krishna applied color on Radha's  face. Since then holi is celebrated as the remembrance of the divine love of Sreemati (Radha's another name) for her beloved Krishna.
Length and breadth of the country celebrates holi with much vigour. Some where like in Mathura its celebrated for 16 days, somewher its named the Lath Maar holi (in Barsana). Temples of Radha Krishna are decorated all over the country and holika dahan happens the night before holi. It is also celebrated in Nepal Srilanka.
Holi is celebrated as Vasanta Utsav (Spring festival) at shantiniketan. The great Nobel laureate  Tagore was so overwhelmed with the festival that it was started as an annual festival.  It is celebrated with a musical flavor. Students teachers all dress in yellow to greet spring. Colors made from palash flowers are used, there is music and dance and fiesta in the air.

As I see another holi pass through, I wait for the day, when we both will be back on our land getting drenched in colors of holi with our loved ones.

Wish U all a very happy holi..

1 comment:

shruti said...

Happy holi Dear !!

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